U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Dwain Southern v. 7 Eleven Inc., No. 02-936 (Arlington Co., Va. Cir. Ct. July 21, 2003) Kendrick, J.

Plaintiff receives $2 verdict in defamation case. Plaintiff purchased gas at a 7-Eleven and then went into the store on-site to make another purchase. When he went to pay for the items, the clerk cashier accused the Plaintiff of not paying for the gas. Plaintiff showed the cashier the receipt and the cashier apologized and refunded him the price of the gas purchase. The Defense claimed Plaintiff only endured a moment of embarrassment, and the situation was quickly corrected. Defendant admitted liability in the case but disputed damages and proximate cause.

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